How to choose the perfect beads for your sock knitting project

choosing seed beads for knitting JANE BURNS

Whilst almost any bead can be applied to your knitted project using the crochet hook method, for the purpose of this tutorial we are discussing glass seed beads. Glass seed beads are a wonderful choice, they come in a variety … Continue reading

Twisted Love Sock Knitting Pattern FREE for a limited period

This pattern is no longer available for free, but can be purchased via Ravelry

I mentioned a while back that I have been busy working on a mini collection of sock patterns, well it is nearly here.  You may have seen some of pictures of yarn and beads on my social media pages and the fun I have been having choosing which beads, for which yarn…..

 

In readiness for it’s release I have designed a FREE sock pattern to entice you try beading with a crochet hook for yourselves.  These beautiful cable and bead socks are simple to knit yet stunning to look at! New to beading with a cable needle? Fear not there are tutorials included in the pattern. (Be warned though, once you start you will be adding beads to all your projects!)

Not a fan of beads? Simply omit the beads and you will still have yourself a pair of very pretty socks.

 

For a limited period only you can download this pattern for FREE if you sign up to my newsletter here

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To knit these socks, you will need to be familiar with top down socks construction with a heel flap.
Be able to;
sl 1 – slip next stitch purlwise
ktbl -knit next st through back loop, twisting stitch
ssk – slip 1, slip 1, knit these 2 slipped sts together
k2tog – knit next two stitches together to decrease one stitch
yo – yarn over
CDD – slip next two stitches together as if to knit, knit next stitch, pass slipped sts over
Bead (see ‘Knitting with beads’ instructions included in pattern)

Yarn:
Cascade Heritage Solids, shade 5649, Iris, (one 100g skein). 75% merino, 25% nylon. 100g/400m/436yds
Needles:
Double pointed 2.5mm (US 1.5) US or circular needles for working in the round
Crochet hook:
0.75mm (USA 13) for beading only
Also needed:
Size 6 seed beads, Debbie Abrahams, Colour 337 (approx. 72 beads)
Stitch markers
Cable needle
Tension:
32 sts x 46 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4 in x 4 in) using 2.5mm needles and stocking stitch (blocked)
To save time, take time to check gauge.
Pattern Notes:
The pattern uses the crochet hook method of apply beads. (Beads can easily be omitted from this design).
Sizing Notes:
The large cables make the sock a snug fit, if you are between sizes in the chart below, I suggest you opt for the larger size.
To choose the best fit, measure the foot around the widest point of the foot and knit the size closest to the ‘to fit foot circumference’ size.

Finished foot circumference: 18.5 cm / 7.25 in (20 cm / 8 in, 21.5 cm / 8.5 in, 23 cm / 9 in)
To fit foot circumference: 20 cm / 8 in (21.5 cm / 8.5 in, 23 cm / 9 in, 24.5 cm / 9.5 in)

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Teasel, possibly my favourite sock design to date

The sculptural stitch pattern combined with the hand-painted yarn, creates these stunning socks. Curving lines of twisted stitches form the stylised flower heads on these pretty socks.  The stitch pattern flows neatly down from the twisted rib cuff, and continues along the front of the foot.

Teasel socks Jane burns knit

The yarn from Old Maiden Aunt is a blend of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon and is dreamily soft.

Teasel socks Jane burns knitThe pattern is written for two sizes to fit foot circumference 22 (25) cm.

You can find Teasel inside issue 90 of The Knitter magazine. I would love to see pictures of your finished projects.

Happy Knitting,

jane burns

 

Sparkle Christmas Tree Socks

Sparkle Christmas Tree Socks jane burns knit

Fancy some festive socks?  You have found some.  My passion for beading continues with these fabulous beaded socks with a lace Christmas Tree motif.  The Beads delicately highlight the pretty tree pattern that’s knitted into the fabric, and their metallic … Continue reading

A new adventure begins with the launch of Lacy Leftovers Socks

Today marks the beginning of a new adventure in my designing career.  I have been designing for over seven years now and have been very fortunate to have over 250 designs published in the UK knitting magazines.  But today I am taking my first steps in the big wide world of self publishing. I have republished a number of patterns where the rights have reverted to me.  But starting from scratch with a self published design, getting it ‘out there’ as they say is very much new to me.

I like to learn new skills and push myself, self publishing is proving to be a great driving force to learn new things, and learn new things at speed!  Pattern layout, page design, photography, copy writing, test knitting, tech editing, promotion and mailing lists, yes they keep you busy.  I have found that other designers are wonderful generous human beings who are happy to help and share their knowledge and I don’t think I could have got this far with out their help.

My first self published pattern is….. Lacy Leftovers.

Lacy left over socks Jane burns knits

You can BUY the pattern here

These easy going cuff down socks are just perfect for using up those tiny balls of left over sock yarn, even those highly variegated ones, the ones that you are never quite sure what to do with! The simple two row repeating lace pattern, is both written and charted and the ‘ribbed’ nature of the fabric makes getting a good fit effortless.

The pattern is written in five sizes, to cater from older children to the man in your life. Dare I say these socks would make fantastic thrifty knitted gifts.

Lacy left over socks Jane burns knits

The pattern has been tech edited and test knit, please check out the other projects to see just how differently other people have used their leftovers.  Some have used only one skein of variegated or striped yarn. Whilst others have combined a solid colour with variegated for stunning results.

Now you can truly indulge your sock knitting passion, using every last scrap of yarn (and not a sock yarn blanket in sight).

If you would like to sign up for my newsletter, you will receive a 50% off discount code which you can use against the purchase of any of my designs, including Lacy Leftovers!

I would love to see your finished sock over in my Ravelry Group

Lacy left over socks Jane burns knits

 

 

Sweet Chestnut Socks – Enabling Alert

Autumn has well and truly arrived in my corner of the UK.  I love the autumn, the colours, the smell, the lack of sun cream and need for knitwear…….

If you are taking part in Socktober and looking for a little bit of a sock challenge can I tempt you with my latest pattern in The Knitter Magazine (issue 89)?  These pretties are worked from the cuff down with some cable detail and a little beading.  The heel is an afterthought heel, which works beautifully, not interrupting the flow of the Zauberball yarn and it’s gently transitioning colours.

 

The pattern is written for two sizes, to fit foot circumference 23.5 (25) cm.

Skills:

  • Beading with a crochet hook
  • Cabling
  • Twisted ribbing
  • k2tog
  • ssk
  • yo
  • s2kpo

Shopping list:

  • Zauberball 4ply sock yarn
  • 2.75mm needles (or size to obtain gauge)
  • 0.6mm crochet hook
  • size 6/0 seed beads
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers

Sparkling Seas Socks

Colourful socks are a great way to liven up any outfit.  These are knitted in wave pattern which is achieved by dropping yarn forwards, it is a an easy yet effective technique.  The Lang Mille Colori yarn (Socks & Lace Luxe) has a metallic thread which runs throughout, adding a touch of sparkle, reminiscent of the seas.

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The pattern is written in three sizes to fit leg circumference 18 (21, 24) cm.

Sparkling_Seas_2_medium2 jane burns knit socksYou can find the pattern inside issue 96 of Let’s Knit Magazine.

Oh So Sweet Socks

Sweeeeeeeeet feet!  I designed these butterscotch coloured socks using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply yarn from their Sweet Shop Collection.oh so sweet socks jane burns knit

The cable and lace design will keep those of you who have a little sock knitting experience entertained, whilst those sock veterans amongst you will whip through this intuitive pattern with great gusto.

The pattern is written in two sizes, with instructions for adjusting the foot length, with out disrupting the elegant patterning on the foot.

oh so sweet socks jane burns knit

You can find the pattern for these pretty socks inside issue 136 of Simply Knitting Magazine.

Not one but two great offers just for Halloween

Offers now expired

Well the spooky season is well upon us now, the world seems to have taken on a distinctly orange and green hue.  If like me you are a fan of skullies I have not one but two great offers for you, My Not Just for Halloween socks pattern is only £1.50!

 

These cute socks are designed to be slightly slouchy for maximum comfort, the pattern is written for sizes:

Small – shoe size 1-4, ankle circumference 19cm
Medium – shoe size 4-7, ankle circumference 23cm
Large – shoe size 8-11, ankle circumference 28cm

The skully motif is applied using a crochet hook to knit the beads into the fabric as you go, no spending hours threading beads on to your yarn!! There is of course a link to a fantastic video tutorial on applying beads with a crochet hook included in the pattern. There is also a link to get you started knitting socks (just in case you need it).

You will need:
YARN: opal 4ply pullover and sock yarn in Orange, shade 5181
CROCHET HOOK: 0.75mm
DPN’s: 2.75mm
BEADS: Size 8 seed beads (I recommend, Debbie Abrahams, shade 605). One pack.

You can download the pattern here.

Please feel free to message me if you have any queries regarding this pattern.

Not inspired by the socks, then why not take a look at my Halloween eBook collections:

I said there were two offers….

I am running a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE OFFER, no coupon or voucher required, simply purchase Frightful Knits Volume Two and you will get Volume One for FREE. 

Frightful Knits Volume Two, a collection of six patterns, including one crochet bunting pattern.

Available to download here for only £4.95

The link will provide you with full pattern information.

 

Frightful Knits Volume One, a collection of six knitting patterns.

This collection is available to download here for only £4.50

The link will provide you with full pattern information.

I hope I have inspired you to pick up your needles, as always I would love to see what you have been making on my Facebook page.